Icahn Stadium, Randall’s Island Park Alliance’s signature facility, opened on April 23, 2005 on the site of the former Downing Stadium. Located along Randall’s Island Park’s northwestern shoreline, the Stadium is visible from the East Side of Manhattan and the FDR Drive. The facility meets International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) specifications for accommodating local, national and international track and field events, including Olympic training and trials. Each season Icahn Stadium is bustling with activity as thousands of athletes use the facility for track meets and practice sessions; see the 2016 Icahn Stadium event calendar for a complete list of the meets and practices session. Icahn Stadium offers a standard 400-meter Mondo surface running track, flanked by covered spectator seating with dramatic views of the East River and Manhattan skyline. In addition, the Icahn Stadium complex includes a newly resurfaced premier synthetic soccer field to the north of the Stadium, which is outfitted with a scoreboard, fencing, lighting and bleachers for spectator events.
Jesse Owens Program
In a partnership between RIPA and City Parks Foundation, The Jesse Owens Track & Field Program, is an instructional program for young people that aims at inspiring and motivating ongoing participation in the sport. Participants will receive instructions on proper running techniques, health and wellness tips and will be introduced to all aspects of Track & Field including hurdles, shot put, long jump and more from experienced instructors. This free program for children ages 8-14 is offered on Saturdays during the fall and spring season.
Running on Randall’s Island
With approximately eight miles of dedicated bicycle and pedestrian pathways, Randall’s Island Park provides an ideal urban oasis for walking, running and biking. The non-vehicular waterfront pathways can be used for recreation or to commute between NYC’s boroughs.